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House of Bloo's (Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends)

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House of Bloo's (Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends)
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The start of a very beloved cartoon, and a great one being a 3 parter.
Series: Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends
Part of Season: 1
Episode Number: 1-3
Air Date: August 13, 2004
Writer: Craig McCracken
Director: Robert Alvarez (animation)
Randy Myers (animation)
Next episode: Store Wars


House of Bloo's is the first to third episodes of Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends, and the 3 part series premiere of one of Cartoon Network’s most beloved shows.

Plot

In the series premiere movie, Mac sends Bloo to live at Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends after being told by his mother that he is too old to have an imaginary friend. There, they meet Mr. Herriman, Frankie, Wilt, Coco, and Eduardo, who all announce that eventually, Bloo will be adopted by another kid. Mac is promised that Bloo will not get adopted if he visits Bloo every day, but they face problems when Mac's brother Terrence and a fiendish imaginary friend named Duchess want to get rid of Bloo. Now it is up to Mac and his new best friends to join forces and rescue Bloo. They fight an imaginary monster called an Extremosaurus (which resembles a giant spider). The Extremosaurus chases Bloo around the junkyard, like in Pac-Man, but with the help of Eduardo's bravery, Coco's eggs, Wilt's basketball skills, and Mac's intelligence, they rescue Bloo.

Why They Rock

  1. It is the very first episode of Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends and has a great story like other first episodes of other shows like Star Trek. However, this one has 3 parts, meaning this Pilot is about an hour long, which is what makes it one of the greatest first episodes of all time.
  2. Great flash animation, like the rest of the series.
  3. It introduced many memorable characters like Mac, Bloo, Wilt, Eduardo, Coco, Frankie, Mr. Herriman, Madame Foster, and Jackie Khones.
  4. Many funny moments, like when Bloo pretended to be on Terrance’s side, only to then give Terrance his comeuppance, as well as the funny chase scene where Bloo’s new friends protect him from the young bratty girl’s family long enough for Mac to come back.
  5. The funniest moment from Mr. Herriman is this quote: "Rules, Schmules? RULES, SCHMULES?!"
  6. It had a good introduction to the house of Foster’s, where after the great tour, Mac decides to let Bloo stay.
  7. Mac does stay true to his word the first day, and comes back just in time to save Bloo.
  8. As unlikable as Terrance and Duchess are, their plan was pretty clever.
  9. Thankfully, after Mac told everyone the truth about Terrance, they come to the junkyard to save Bloo from him, Duchess, and the Extremeasaurus.
  10. The Extremeasaurus is a pretty terrifying imaginary friend.
  11. The chase scene in the junk-yard resembles the arcade game Pac-Man, pretty well.
  12. The gang saves Bloo, and Terrance and Duchess get their well-deserved comeuppance.
  13. A good ending where the sweet Madame Foster lets Bloo live at Foster’s, as long as Mac visits everyday, which he promises, making everyone happy and overjoyed.

Bad Qualities

  1. There are some pretty mean-spirited, annoying, dumb, hypocritical, and nonsensical moments, such as the torture scenes of Bloo from the young bratty girl, as well as from mostly Terrance and Duchess, and Mac getting locked up in a closet by Terrance.
    • Not to mention, the opening scene where Terrance was chasing and beating up Mac and Bloo is incredibly violent and abusive, and such actions could land him in juvenile detention for that.
  2. This episode unfortunately also introduces some very unlikable characters, such as Mac’s older brother, Terrance, and their mother, as well as Duchess, and even Mr. Herriman himself.
  3. That part where Mac's mother tells him to get rid of Bloo is kind of messed up because it may give the implication to children that it's okay to abandon a living thinking person.

Reception

Anita Gates of The New York Times praised the episode and stated that the series would promise to be an "admirable tale of loyalty and adventure-based learning with a contagious sense of fun".

Awards

McCracken and Mike Moon won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Animation in 2005 for their work in the episode. The show also received an Annie Award nomination for Best Character Design in an Animated Television Production.

Trivia

  • Mac has an Eduardo stuffed animal on the dresser in his room.
  • In the original airing of the episode on August 13, 2004, it originally included a season one preview clip.
  • When this episode appeared on digital cable via on-demand services, the PlayStation Network, the Season 1 DVD set, the Cartoon Network video website, and Hulu Plus, it was divided into three parts.
  • There are 2 games playable on CartoonNetwork.com that are based on this Pilot, which are "A Friend in Need", and "Teamwork".
  • Mac and Bloo are the first two characters to speak in this movie, making them the first two characters to speak in the whole series. They are also the first characters to appear and begin the show.

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